Disability Rights

About the Disability Rights Working Group 

The Disability Rights Working Group has reinvigorated its commitment to greater access and the growth, and a re-interrogation of our understanding and addressing of issues impacting disabled people. 

Disability Rights Working Group Projects

Disability Rights Webinars

Experiences in Disability Rights law and How Law Schools Can Promote the Equality of Rights with Persons with Disabilities: as the Americans with Disabilities Act approaches its 30th anniversary, six prominent disability rights scholars and activists look back on their experiences with the disability rights movement and look forward to a future where every law student is exposed to people with disabilities and their impact on the law in their core curriculum.

 

Algorithmic Discrimination in Hiring and Social Welfare Webinar: a discussion on how algorithms work, how people with disabilities and racial minorities might be especially harmed, and how employers and advocates can mitigate these harms

 

Disability Rights Flash Conferences

Disability Rights and Workplace Discrimination in the Time of COVID-19: Four prominent academics in the sphere of disability rights discuss the issue of employment and workplace discrimination against people with disabilities specifically in the pandemic when financial situations are increasingly precarious. 

Who We Are

Co-Directors

  • Gerard Quinn

    Professor Gerard Quinn is a leading authority on international and comparative disability law and policy and is a professor of law at NUI Galway, where he also directs the Centre for Disability Law & Policy. He was recently appointed as the UN Special Rapporteur for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    Professor Quinn led the delegation of Rehabilitation International during the UN disability treaty negotiations and has recently published on the theory of intersectionality (Equal Rights Review. Vol 16). He has written on the lessons for elderly rights from the perspective of disability rights in Reubner et al (Eds) International & Comparative Law on the Rights of Older Persons (Vanderplass, Chicago, USA 2016) and he most recently spoke on the topic to Age Platform Europe (Brussels, November 2016).

  • Laverne Jacobs

    Laverne Jacobs is a Professor of Law at the University of Windsor in Canada. She researches, writes and teaches actively in the areas of law and disability rights, human rights, and administrative law and justice. Through her research, she explores the lived experiences of people with disabilities in relation to the law. Professor Jacobs has published and lectured widely in Canada and internationally. She is the lead author of several books and articles including the first law and disability textbook in Canada (Law and Disability in Canada (2021)) and the Annotated Accessible Canada Act (2021). Professor Jacobs founded and directs The Law, Disability and Social Change Project, a research and public advocacy initiative housed at Windsor Law that works to foster and develop inclusive communities. She is also a Co-Director of the Disability Rights Working Group of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law.

    Outside of the University, Dr. Jacobs has consulted with NGOs and government. She has been invited to serve on the Board of Directors of several organizations, has held public appointments on tribunals, and has testified as an expert before the Senate of Canada on disability issues. Dr. Jacobs has received recognition for her scholarship and leadership on disability equality, including the Touchstone Award from the Canadian Bar Association in 2021.

    Dr. Laverne Jacobs is Canada’s nominee for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

  • Mark Bell

    In 2015, Mark Bell was appointed Regius Professor of Laws, a Chair founded in 1668. He is also a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. Prior to his appointment at Trinity, he was a professor at the School of Law, University of Leicester, where he was also Head of the School of Law (2011-2014). Mark conducts research in the areas of Equality Law and Employment Law. He is the author of Racism and Equality in the European Union (OUP, 2008) and Anti-Discrimination Law and the European Union (OUP, 2002). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Centre for European Law and the committee of the Employment Law Association of Ireland. In 2017, he organised the annual conference of the Berkeley Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group. In 2015, he was a Senior Expert on Disability for the European Commission's Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination. He works regularly with a range of national and European NGOs dealing with equality issues, as well as international organisations. Since 2010, he has been working with the International Labour Organisation on several projects, and played a key role in producing a 2016 guide for employers on promoting diversity through workplace adjustments.

Student Assistants

  • Tim Bott

  • Shealyn Massey

  • Milo Schaberg

  • Trinity Durborow

  • Charlie Tsunoda

  • Molly Haley

  • Alyssa Mejia Whisler

  • John Karim

  • Emma Lapinsky

  • Megan Cistulli